Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday August 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint: Fifth Avenue Press fifthavenue.press.

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Owning My Story & Taking Control

Tuesday August 22, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Brian Truskowski of BMT Wellness returns with a new spin on his self-care classes.

This class will explore mindfulness of our words and actions, and trying them on in a group setting. We will also practice letting go of old stories and beliefs to allow for growth.

This self-empowerment class is for people who want to go deeper in their lives, connect with a part of themselves they may not know, and do it in a safe space. This monthly series will run through November. The classes will build upon each other, but each class stands on its own, so attendees may join any time.

Brian is a licensed Bodyworker and Massage Therapist in Ann Arbor and a member of the ManKind Project, whose mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet.

Author Ron Gries Discusses His Book "Through Death to Life"

Sunday August 27, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Ron Gries began to write during the last years of his wife’s life and continued after she died. He later turned his writing into a book entitled Through Death to Life,which offers insight and support to those who grieve the loss of their spouse or family member.

For this event, Ron will provide hope and encouragement, sharing his difficult journey of recapturing his life from the ashes of grief and once again finding the wonder and joy in life.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services. Books will be for sale at this event and Ron will be happy to sign copies.

Sewing Lab: Making Patch Pockets w/ Rae Hoekstra

Monday August 28, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Sewing instructor Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae will teach a session on how to make a patch pocket that can be used in bags and on clothing!

Join us for an evening of sewing. We will have our lab's machines set up and staff will be on hand to show you the basics. You can bring a project you've been working on, or just stop by to practice your stitches.

We welcome all skill levels, no prior knowledge is necessary. You are free to bring your own sewing machine and join our growing sewing community.

Quick Breads with Keegan Rodgers

Tuesday August 29, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make quick breads.

Quick breads are a great way to take advantage of summer's fruit and vegetable bounty. Banana and zucchini are the most well-known but peaches, pears, blueberries, and pumpkin all make great quick breads. Learn some new techniques and recipes.

This event is in partnership with the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Makeup Party with Imagine Three

Tuesday September 5, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Enjoy an evening of beauty knowledge and everyday/expert tips with Hannah Butler Makeup Artist of Imagine Three Beauty Studio.

You can bring your own makeup bag to follow along. Examples will be shown and questions will be answered. Feel confident trying new things and discover easy ways to step up your makeup skills in the often intimidating world of beauty.

Hannah attributes her knowledge and expertise to the many years, thousands of faces and countless hours spent training with a vast array of makeup, skincare, fragrance and haircare brands in the giant world of beauty. She will help you find what you want or need, even if you have no idea where to start.

Beauty is personal, there are no rules.

Sewing Lab with Amber Adams-Fall

Saturday September 9, 2017: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn how to sew an adorable hedgehog and some acorn accessories with the help of local expert, Amber Adams-Fall!

Amber will demonstrate how to create a cuddly hedgehog, and will be available to help you through the process.

Preserving the Harvest

Sunday September 10, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn how to can and preserve your garden's bounty with local food blogger Cynthia Hodges. She will offer tips and tricks on how to do this successfully through a live demo.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Living a Writer’s Life

Monday September 11, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

In our fast-paced world, finding time and space to write isn’t easy. Nor is it easy to conquer writer’s block, self-doubt, and distractions. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will show you how to set up a realistic writing schedule, smash through blocks, and kick self-defeating behaviors to the curb. No matter your obstacles, it is possible to have a balanced, fulfilling writer’s life!

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Howard Markel Discusses His Book: "The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek"

Tuesday September 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

From U-M Professor Howard Markel, the much admired medical historian and author, comes the story of America’s empire builders John and Will Kellogg.

Join Dr. Markel for a delightful evening as he discusses his critically-acclaimed new book The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek as well as these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America’s notion of health and wellness.

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast.

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and editor in chief of The Milbank Quarterly. His books include "Quarantine!: East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892," When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed, and An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The New England Journal of Medicine. Markel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.